Global Pediatrics Program

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Global Pediatric Fellowship

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Global Pediatrics

Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Medicine established the Global Pediatrics Program (GPP) in recognition of the increasing importance of pediatric global health as a component of pediatric medicine.  The center staff were charged with the task of cataloging global health activities in the Department of Medicine, and working to organize both a structure and an approach to pediatric global health for the department. 

As part of this work, GPP faculty and affiliated staff developed ongoing global initiatives and partnerships to support our goals of excellence in service, training, and research.  These initiatives include in-country partnerships, a post-doctoral fellowship, a residency program, and other academic offerings.

The GPP is increasingly integrating its work with the global health initiatives in the Departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Nursing, and Radiology.


  • 8.1 million children under 5 die each year of treatable and preventable conditions.
  • 3.6 million babies die in the first month of life.
  • 3 of the biggest killers of children under 5 are pneumonia, diarrhea and birth complications.
  • 50 percent of all deaths before age 5 stem from under-nutrition.

What we do


"Mission: To improve the health and wellbeing of children worldwide by bridging the gap in health care for children in developing nations with lifesaving, culturally appropriate solutions to treatable or preventable medical problems."

The Global Pediatrics Program (GPP) provides a forum for Boston Children’s Hospital physicians, scientists, and educators to share the wealth of their experience and to contribute their expertise to addressing children’s health problems globally.  The program, directed by Dr. Judith Palfrey, coordinates and supports the activities of the Boston Children’s Hospital's Department of Medicine faculty and staff.  The program is focused on three central areas:

Clinical Care
Working with partners around the world to create and implement innovative health care services targeted at major threats to child survival and well-being (for example, HIV/AIDS, inadequate newborn care, vaccine preventable diseases, and malnutrition).

Medical Education
Providing training, mentorship and technical assistance to physicians, nurses and others both at Boston Children’s Hospital and around the world who are preparing for leadership positions in child health and who intend to use their special skills and training to address global child health concerns.

Conducting clinical research on global health topics such as HIV/AIDS, pneumococcal infection, TB, malaria, child and adolescent disability and health care delivery in low resource settings.


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